11 comments on “Gay pride parades not what you think

  1. I love this post Ryan! It is so true that the pictures people tend to gravitate to are the salacious, over-the-top ones that is just not a true reflection of the majority. I am so so happy that you finally felt “so comfortable in your own skin” and that you felt loved and supported. Was the mission friend Austin or someone else? Love it!

    • Aw, thanks Madelene! It’s hard not to feel loved and supported when I have awesome friends (e.g., you, Austin). But sometimes bad policy detracts from those feelings and it’s easy to get weighed down. Here’s to hoping things will change in November (that’s when Maryland voters vote on the referendum, kinda like what happened with Prop. 8)!!

  2. It was an awesome experience from the other side (marching) too! (Yes, it was me, Madelene.) it was so great to see you again, Ryan, and to finally meet Dan, even if only briefly. Haha I thought we were getting close to the end of the parade route when I saw you, but we still had about 3/4 left to go! 🙂

    • I’m glad you now how proof Dan isn’t just an alter ego. And I feel incredibly stupid that I didn’t know you’d be marching. I thought you just wanted to meet up and watch the parade with us haha.

  3. Ryan I could murder you in your sleep. I WAS THERE! I’m even in your dang picture (turquoise shirt holding the LDS (heart) LGBT sign). I would have loved to meet you! I felt the same way you did, too. I thought I was going to have to carry my sign (or my daughter) and keep my eyes to the ground the entire way so as not to scar my innocent and pure (ha) brain. It was NOTHING like that. And even the dudes in front of us who sort of scantily clad were some of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. I was shocked at how NOT SHOCKING the whole thing was.

    It was moving and incredibly humbling to be a part of that parade. There just aren’t words to describe that day. I didn’t go five feet without someone yelling or mouthing the words “thank you” to me. People were yelling, “We love the Mormons!”…how often have gay people yelled that sentence? It was a complete honor to be there and something that made me more sure of my feelings than I ever have been before.

    I’m just filled with murderous rage that I didn’t get to meet you in real life.

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